Despite what it seemed at first, Apple has confirmed that iPads will continue to function as a HomeKit accessory hub with iOS 16but there will be fine print, as it won’t work with the new Matter architecture.
The arrival of iOS 16 brought a new wing to its code: the iPad didn’t come across as an accessory powerhouse. However, Apple has confirmed to The Verge that eventually its tablet will continue to function as such, although it will have the downside that it will not be compatible with the new architecture coming later this year which references the new Matter standard
HomeKit requires a central accessory to which all devices compatible with Apple home automation are connected. Apple TV HD or 4K, HomePod and HomePod mini are recommended devices
The arrival of Matter support will make we can forget if a device is for Alexa, Google Assistant or HomeKit, as all Matter-enabled devices will be compatible with all three platforms. There will also be more advantages, such as compatibility with Thread which will allow us to decongest our home WiFi networks, a problem that begins to appear when you already have many home automation devices connected to your router. The devices themselves will be able to act as “routers” for other devices to connect, leaving our router for the internet connections of our computers, phones, tablets and games consoles.